Boeing has been awarded a contract to support the space-based global positioning system (GPS) advanced control segment (OCX) programme for the US Air Force.

The aviation giant will provide infrastructure, development of the ground systems, and continued operational and sustainment support for current and future GPS satellite systems.

The company will install hardware and software at GPS control stations at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Boeing is part of a Raytheon team awarded the GPS OCX programme worth $880m to provide more secure, accurate and precise navigation for military, humanitarian and commercial applications.

It will replace the current GPS operational control system and maintain backward compatibility with the block IIR and IIR-M constellation.

The system will provide command and control of the new GPS IIF and GPS III families of satellites enabling new, modernised signal capabilities.

The contract awarded by the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s GPS Wing covers six years, including a five-year option for sustainment.